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Exonerated general says he's pleased to be cleared

Updated: 01/23/2013 - Gen. John Allen says he is pleased that he was exonerated in a Pentagon investigation into his email exchanges with a Florida socialite linked to the sex scandal that led David Petraeus to resign as CIA director.

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Biden's recent moves stoking chatter about 2016

Posted: 01/23/2013 - Joe Biden is thanking Democratic supporters in the afterglow of President Barack Obama's second inauguration, dropping plenty of hints that he may try to cement Obama's legacy with his own presidential campaign in 2016.

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White House: Obama wouldn't block GOP debt bill

Posted: 01/23/2013 - The Obama administration says it won't oppose a House Republican proposal to increase the nation's $16.4 trillion borrowing authority for only three months

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Clinton retires debt from 2008 campaign

Posted: 01/23/2013 - Campaign finance reports filed Tuesday show Clinton's campaign made payments of $73,000 on Dec. 31 to a consulting firm run by former adviser and pollster Mark Penn.

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Corker named top Republican on Foreign Relations Cmte.

Posted: 01/22/2013 - On Wednesday, Hilary Clinton will testify before the committee about the terrorist attack in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans on Sept. 11, 2012.

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Obama stands his ground on fiscal debates

Posted: 01/22/2013 - President Barack Obama devoted one word — "deficit" — to the issue that brought Washington to the brink of fiscal crises time and again during his first term.

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Environmentalists hail Obama climate change focus

Posted: 01/22/2013 - Obama pledged in his inaugural speech to respond to what he called the threat of climate change, saying, "Failure to do so would betray our children and future generations."

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Study: High school grad rate highest since '76

Posted: 01/22/2013 - The nation's high school graduation rate is the highest since 1976, but more than a fifth of students are still failing to get their diploma in four years, the Education Department said in a study released Tuesday.

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Smithsonian curators scout for Obama artifacts

Posted: 01/22/2013 - As crowds descended and the inauguration unfolded, a few museum curators in Washington kept watch for symbols and messages that would make history.

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Exodus of inaugural watchers jams DC subway stops

Posted: 01/22/2013 - Crowded subway stations and a disabled train caused major headaches Monday for thousands of rail riders trying to get home from President Barack Obama's second inauguration.

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Smaller crowd, but still excitement this time

Posted: 01/22/2013 - True, the crowd was roughly half that of Obama's momentous inauguration in 2009, and the sense of history, and pure excitement, far less potent.

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Term II: US must help poor, elderly, Obama says

Posted: 01/21/2013 - Declaring "our journey is not complete," President Barack Obama took the oath of office for his second term before a crowd of hundreds of thousands Monday

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DC lowers turnout projections for inauguration

Posted: 01/21/2013 - The district's homeland security director, Chris Geldart, said Sunday that officials now expect between 500,000 and 700,000 people to attend. That's fewer than the 600,000 to 800,000 people initially anticipated.

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Latinos take on bigger role in Obama inauguration

Posted: 01/21/2013 - Latinos are taking a more prominent role in President Barack Obama's second inauguration, from the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice swearing in the vice president to a star-studded concert celebrating Latino culture.

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Celebs gather to promote arts education - and eat

Posted: 01/21/2013 - For all the talk about fewer celebrities making it to Washington this time for the inauguration, you would have had a hard time not bumping into one — literally — at a packed downtown restaurant Sunday evening.

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Obama on Michelle: Love those bangs

Posted: 01/21/2013 - President Barack Obama has rendered his opinion on what he called the most significant event of inaugural weekend: his wife's new haircut.

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GOP wants budget; Schumer warns they will get one

Posted: 01/21/2013 - Democrats are looking to make new revenue part of the Senate's first budget in almost four years, which will be released soon after the start of President Barack Obama's second term.

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Obama adviser hedges optimism on stricter gun laws

Posted: 01/21/2013 - The Obama administration says it's confident stricter gun laws can be passed, but it's hedging its optimism by stressing just how politically difficult it will be.

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Tight security planned for inauguration

Posted: 01/21/2013 - Inauguration-goers will be screened at security checkpoints Monday, but officials hope that additional metal detectors and staff will help ease the congestion

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